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Singer Koffi Olomidé jailed for raping 15-year-old dancer

Amadin Ogbewe

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Congolese singer Koffi Olomidé has been found guilty and jailed for raping one of his former dancers when she was 15 years old.

Olomide has been sentenced to a two-year suspended jail sentence by a court in France in absentia due to his failure to show up in court. 

This simply means the singer will only be arrested should he commit further offences, says the BBC’s Nadir Djennad.

The 62-year-old singer was ordered to pay 5,000 euros ($5,700; £4,300) in damages to the former dancer as well a fine of the same amount for helping three women enter France illegally.

His lawyer who spoke with journalists said the ruling is a victory, as this means they can withdraw the star’s international arrest warrant.

Recall Olomide was charged with aggravated rape in 2012 after 4 dancers who once worked with  him told the court that the singer sexually assaulted them multiple times between 2002 and 2006.

The women continued saying they were held captive in a villa outside Paris but eventually escaped in June 2006.

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